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MPA Global Diversity Governance

A world in which societies are increasingly culturally diverse is one in which cultural difference between people and within local areas is a significant factor for how we forge peaceful social relations. The way we deal with this difference is a key variable in almost every sphere of modern life and one most pertinent to the areas of public and private management. Managing diversity and capturing its benefits is a prime responsibility of our times; as important for secure and stable cities as for successful and profitable companies, and especially critical for public services managers with heavily constrained expenditures.

The MPA Global Diversity Governance builds upon the strength, global understanding and practical expertise that Coventry University, through the Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations (CTPSR), has developed in the fields of intercultural relations, social cohesion and diversity around the world.  In response to the need to rise to the challenges of managing diversity in an era of globalisation, CTPSR has designed a programme to support mid- and senior-career professionals from around the world who are responsible for service design and delivery that must take full account of a super and growing diversity in our communities, workplaces and families.

The MPA brings together experienced, mid- and senior-career professionals from different countries and regions, as a collaborating and diverse group with global and local perspectives, to share good practices and help grow personal competences to manage lasting positive change in their own local areas.

The global political and economic environment is changing and a new and very different geo-political reality is emerging. The MPA has been designed to explore in detail the nature and implications of these changes and provide professionals with the skills and mind-sets that will allow them to manage cultural diversity and operate effectively within, and lead, the organisations of the future, whether in education, health, security or other areas of service delivery.

What will I study?

You will study the following core modules:

Key Concepts in Global Diversity Governance

This module addresses the conceptual, theoretical and practical governance issues surrounding the governance of diversity.  Beginning with the foundations of this area of study through an exploration of seminal texts and theories from a range of disciplines including social psychology, sociology and political science, the module progresses to discuss the definitions and compositions of a diverse society. Students will be asked to consider the relationship of diversity with a range of different legislative / policy areas and issues, including security, the economy, education, human rights and migration. Special attention will be given to the concepts of identity, prejudice, intergroup contact, superdiversity, cosmopolitanism and everyday integration as well as the role of religious diversity.

Intercultural Dialogue in Practice

This module draws on research conducted at the Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations. Beginning with the context of intercultural dialogue, exploring the underpinning theories taken from communication studies, cultural studies and social psychology, the module sets out the role of dialogue in addressing issues of conflict, change and diversity governance. It sets out a theoretically-grounded conceptual framework and set of practical tools which guide students through the effective practice of intercultural dialogue, asking them to critically reflect upon their own roles and practice at each stage.

Global Diversity Governance in Context

This module explores the challenges of diversity governance through the presentation of a range of case studies looking at different geographical / cultural contexts and policy interventions from around the world. Students will be challenged to comprehend and critically consider the issues of diversity governance in cases ranging from: identity and division in Northern Ireland; faith and ethnic challenges in post-conflict Sri Lanka; the shifting role of religion in UK society; the challenges of multicultural society in Turkey; the rise of modern anti-minority activism in Europe; the everyday experience of diversity and difference in Israel and Palestine and; governmental approaches to tackling extremism in Australia and the UK.

To complete the course, you will undertake a dissertation in an area of study which you would like to explore in more depth, with support from a supervisor.

Programme Structure

At the beginning of the programme you will have the opportunity to attend a short, residential study school (up to 5 days) to cover the core learning for the module on intercultural dialogue, and a further study school is offered for the dissertation stage.  The all-inclusive study schools are included in the course fees and allow you to condense your learning, work more closely with our staff, gain tailored support and to come together with other students as a learning community and to build your network. (Please note: Accommodation is provided but you will need to organise and finance your travel including any visa costs.  Residential workshops may be held in the UK in Coventry or London, or internationally depending on where students are based.)

In addition to the residential study schools, the programme is delivered through online module materials, small group tutoring and independent study, allowing you to fit your studies around other commitments.  Students unable to attend the workshops will receive additional contact time and can study independently using online materials. 

Starting in September each year, the MPA is designed to be studied over approximately 15 months by blended/distance learning.

Student Support

You will be well supported throughout your studies with a range of services and guidance to help you get the most out of your programme.

Students are provided with a range of pre-enrolment materials to better prepare them for their studies.  Online modules are provided through the virtual learning environment (Moodle) to facilitate communications between staff and students, and between students.  You will have access to Coventry University’s library, including its digital resources and library support for distance learners.

Extensive coursework feedback and support from the programme team will be provided, and every student is allocated a personal tutor from the moment of enrolment offering pastoral and academic skills support. When writing a dissertation, a supervisor will be allocated.

You will be also be able to access a portfolio of non-credit bearing academic skills modules and support to develop your research and writing skills, as well as Coventry University’s Careers and Employability Service for support with developing your career following your studies.

Admissions Criteria

Applications can be submitted from April 2016 for courses commencing in September 2016.  All applications will be evaluated individually on a case-by-case basis. 

Ordinarily, the minimum entry criteria for the MPA Global Diversity Governance are as follows:

Applicants should hold a honours degree at 2:2 or above (or equivalent international grade/qualification), from a recognised University, preferably in a social science subject (e.g. International Relations, Politics, Development Studies, Sociology, Psychology).


Applications from those not possessing a first degree at 2:2 or above in a relevant subject area are also considered and decisions are based on a careful evaluation of the applicant’s capacity to complete the programme successfully.


Applicants must have a minimum of five years evidenced working experience in a relevant field to Global Diversity Governance and be operating in a relevant role at the level of mid-management or above at the time of application, or have operated within a relevant role at the level of mid-management or above within 12 months of the time of application. Decisions are based on a careful evaluation of the applicant’s AP(E)L portfolio, an Admissions Interview, and their capacity to complete the programme successfully.

For non-native English speakers, the entry requirement is English language proficiency at IELTS 6.5 or equivalent.

Where applicants do not hold up-to-date IELTS certification, CTPSR will look at whether an applicant has previously studied and successfully completed a Higher Education qualification in English.  Where an applicant does not hold such a qualification entry will be at the discretion of the CTPSR, ordinarily decided by the relevant Course Director. Here CTPSR will assess English language proficiency through multiple means, potentially including but not limited to, a review of application documents, references, a writing sample, and via a telephone/Skype interview.

Fees (2016/17):

  • Home/EU £6,930
  • Overseas £12,068

Apply now or for further enquiries about this programme please contact Samima Hussain, Postgraduate Programmes Manager at or telephone +44 (0)24 77 659059.